I am at the 6th annual Winter retreat at St George Orthodox Church in Pharr Texas. Of course, most of the people here have celebrated Nativity, but Matushka Elizabeth always takes care of me with no fuss. As part of the presentation by Fr Evangelos Pepps, he sang in the Byzantine tone "Joseph was amazed",… Continue reading He Who is became what He is not, so we are not can become like Him
LISTEN NOW Matthew 2:13-23 13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.… Continue reading Sunday after Nativity 2009. Things are not as they seem!
The beautiful troparion of the Forefeast of Nativity sums up succinctly the purpose of the incarnation of the God-Man, Jesus Christ. One may say, it contains in full our “theology of redemption”. Jesus Christ became man so that our image, which “fell of old” due to the sin of Adam and Eve, and the subsequent… Continue reading …to raise up the image that fell of old!